Rob is a second-year Geochemistry PhD student in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. His research revolves around understanding biomineralization, which is how organisms make their shells or skeletons. More specifically, at UCLA, he studies how the different ways organisms make their skeletons affects how they record chemical signals that inform us about past climate conditions. Rob earned BS’s in Chemistry and in Geosciences from Virginia Tech in 2017. As a graduate student, he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Center for Diverse Leadership in Science Fellow. Outside the lab, Rob is a science communicator and an advocate for diversity & inclusion in STEM. He regularly makes SciComm posts on social media; is an editor for the blog Climate Currents; and is the founder & president of the organization Queers in STEM, an organization with the goal of empowering LGBTQ+-identifying students and faculty in STEM fields.